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Comparing forever vs. pm2

How are they different?

Here we compare between forever and pm2. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are forever 0.15.3 and pm2 2.4.6.

forever, A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever). It was authored by Charlie Robbins on Dec, 2010.
pm2, Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer. It was authored by Strzelewicz Alexandre on Jun, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that pm2 is the more popular package today (18,555 Stars on Github).
forever has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, less dependencies, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, less open issues and less open pull requests.
On the other hand, pm2 has more versions, more frequent updates, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review forever got 626,250 points and pm2 got 395,761 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail

 

forever
0.15.3
NPM

pm2
2.4.6
NPM

description A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever) Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer.
keywords cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools, pm2, logs, log, json, express, hapi, kraken, reload, microservice, programmatic, harmony, node-pm2, production, keymetrics, node.js monitoring, strong-pm, deploy, deployment, daemon, supervisor, nodemon, pm2.io, ghost, ghost production, monitoring, process manager, forever, profiling, probes, forever-monitor, keep process alive, process configuration, clustering, cluster cli, cluster, cron, devops, dev ops
author Charlie Robbins Strzelewicz Alexandre
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nodemon, strong-pm, strongloop, supervisor nodemon, strong-pm, strongloop, supervisor
Comparison
licenses MIT AGPL-3.0
created 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013)
modified 17 hours ago 2 hours ago
total versions 43 196
version average every 2 months every 7 days
maintainers 5 1
dependencies 15 26
Daily Downloads 32,326 23,598
Weekly Downloads 261,966 130,427
Monthly Downloads 933,718 592,283
open issues 224 326
open pull requests 17 30
stargazers 9,538 18,555
subscribers 279 577
forks 713 1,395
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Overall points

626,250

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395,761

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S forever npm i -S pm2
remove npm r -S forever npm r -S pm2

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